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Happy Valley shocks East in baseball

Douglas Fritz • Updated Apr 23, 2018 at 10:40 PM

BLUFF CITY — Happy Valley picked up a very significant Three Rivers Conference baseball win Monday.

The Warriors changed the leaderboard when they upset Sullivan East on the Patriots home field. The 3-2 win kept East from claiming a first-place tie with Unicoi County.

“It is always tough to win on the road in our conference,” said Warriors’ head coach Brad Hill “Dylan White did an outstanding job on the mound for East. We were able to take advantage of a few opportunities they gave us. (HV pitcher) Nolan Easlic didn't get off to a hot start, but he settled in after the delay, finishing with a gutsy performance.”

Happy Valley (9-10) improved to 3-8 in league play while East fell to 8-3. Unicoi is 9-2 and Elizabethton is 8-3.

Easlic went the distance, allowing five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Landon Morefield and Eli Fleenor each had an RBI for Happy Valley, which took advantage of three errors by East (15-8).

Perry Casaday had three hits for East.

Hill said the players, fans and coach were concerned about umpire Fred Hudgins.

“As a program our thoughts and prayers are with umpire Fred Hudgins, who left the game early due to illness,” said Hill. “We hope he is doing ok and gets better soon.”

SOFTBALL

Science Hill 5, Elizabethton 4

Gia Hickman ripped a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Lady Hilltoppers the walk-off victory after a three-run outburst.

Kasey Bennett’s RBI double pulled Science Hill within 4-3 before Hickman’s big hit.

Elizabethton had taken a 4-2 lead with two runs in the top of the seventh on Kaylin Shell’s two-run double.

Hickman and Allison Taylor each had two hits for the Lady Hilltoppers, who improved to 23-9 on the season. Blake West got the win in relief of Sejal Neas.

Lauren Brickey had two hits and two RBI for the Cyclones (16-10) while Kira Dillard added two hits.

David Crockett 7, Dobyns-Bennett 0

Kara Weems locked it down with a 13-strikeout shutout to lead the Lady Pioneers, who stayed in first place in the Big Seven Conference. Weems allowed five hits and walked three.

Sydney Fox got it done at the plate with two hits and three runs batted in. Lenzie Jenkins, Riley Hope and Maddie McKee each added two hits.

Daniel Boone 8, Volunteer 0

Makenna Dance went 3 for 4 with a solo home run while Nickolette Ferguson was 3 for 4 with two RBIs to lead the Lady Trailblazers, who improved to 8-1 in Big Seven Conference play.

Megan Ackerman added two hits, including a two-run homer, and Jaycie Jenkins totaled two hits for Boone. Ackerman (9-5) threw the shutout, giving up 2 hits. Boone plays host for a showdown with Crockett tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.

Sullivan East 9, Tennessee High 3

Amber Turner had two hits and four RBIs to lead the Patriots to the rivalry win.

Samantha Smith, Chelsea Rams, Katelyn Loudy and Kayden each totaled two hits for East.

Anna Craddock totaled two RBIs and Grayson Phipps had two hits for the Lady Vikings.

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